TheIndian EXPRESS LATE CITY, 16 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES, PUNE, `5.00 ● WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE CONSTITUTION BENCH CALLS FOR FULL DISCLOSURE BY CANDIDATE, PARTY SC leaves it to Parliament: Bar from polls those who face serious criminal charges 5-judgeBenchciteslimitationsongettingintolaw-making, butunderlines‘nationeagerlywaitsforsuchlegislation’ ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 25 THE SUPREME Court Tuesday said it was not within its powers to disqualify politicians facing criminal cases from contesting elections and recommended to Parliamenttoenact“astronglaw” todealwiththissince“thenation eagerlywaitsforsuchlegislation” to“usherinaneraofimmaculate, spotless, unsullied and virtuous Constitutional democracy”. “Though criminalisation in politicsisabittermanifesttruth, which is a termite to the citadel of democracy, be that as it may, the Court cannot make the law,” a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra ruled. The judgment came on a batch of petitions and applicationsfiledbyNGOPublicInterest RULING ON AADHAAR LAWYER-LAWMAKER ACT TODAY CAN PRACTISE A CONSTITUTION Bench will rule Wednesday on the challenge to the Constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act. Verdict was reserved in May. P 5, 7 THE SUPREME Court Tuesday ruled that lawyers elected as lawmakers can practise as advocates since they were not full-time salaried employees. P 5 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 AN EXPRESS SERIES PART I We will not let IL&FS collapse, says LIC, largest shareholder ‘I have been called a sweeper, it hurts... this is a temple, I am doing God’s work’ AANCHAL MAGAZINE & SUNNY VERMA CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY MAHATMA SWACHH BHARAT This October 2 is Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. And the fourth of Swachh Bharat Mission, the flagship cleanliness programme. The Indian Express reporters fan out across the country to city, town and village that marked milestones in the Mahatma’s journey. To bring you stories of the footsoldiers of Swachh Bharat, women and men, whose job it is to wipe, mop and dust where Mahatma Gandhi once walked. PHOTO GALLERY www.indianexpress.com Photos by PARTHA PAUL TOMORROW CHAURI CHAURA MILIND GHATWAI BHOPAL, SEPTEMBER 25 HITTING BACK at the Congress, which continues to attack his party and government over the Rafale deal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday said the Congress was looking for support outside the country after failing to stitch together a coalition within India. In an apparent reference to a tweet by former Pakistan minister Rehman Malik, who had said that Rahul Gandhi will be “next PMof Indiaif hefollows‘JetGate’ properly”, Modi asked if some other country will decide who will be India’s Prime Minister. “CongresspartyHindustanme gathbandhan karne main safal nahi ho rahi hai. Aur agar mil bhi jaaye to ye mel milap sambhav nahi dikhta hai. Aur isliye Bharat ke bahar gathbandhan khoja ja raha hai. Duniya ke koi desh ab ye tay karenge ki Hindustan me 8 NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 25 STATE-RUN LIFE Insurance Corp of India (LIC), the largest shareholder in debt-laden Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS), on Tuesday said that the infrastructure company will not be allowed to collapse and that all options were on the table towards that objective. “We will all try to see that it does not collapse,” LIC chairman V K Sharma said after a meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitleytodiscusstheimplications of thedefaultondebtrepayment by IL&FS group companies. The meeting was also attended by Reserve Bank of India deputy governor Viral V Acharya and State Bank of India chairman Rajnish Kumar. Failing at home, Cong looks at coalition abroad, it’s a burden: PM THEEDITORIAL PAGE Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bhopal, Tuesday. PTI pradhan mantri kaun banega? (The Congress party has not been successful in forming a coalition in the country. Even if it finds someone, the coalition does not look probable. That’s whyalliesarebeingsearchedfor outside India. Will some country decide who will be CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Rhetoric and reality BY CHRISTOPHE JAFFRELOT Sent to protect her, UP cops beat woman, mock her for Muslim friend BELIAGHATA, KOLKATA: MAHATMA GANDHI STAYED HERE IN COUNTDOWN TO AUGUST 15, 1947 Rinku Dey, 42, Contract worker Salary: `3,000 Shift: 10 am-5 pm Cleans: Eight rooms, hall, verandah, front yard, garden ESHA ROY KOLKATA, SEPTEMBER 25 IT WAS an unlikely choice for Rinku Dey. She was trained as a nurse with a degree in Hindustani classical music. But for the last ten years, she has been working as a cleaner at Hyderi Manzil in Kolkata’s Beliaghata, the place where Mahatma Gandhi stayed in the countdown to Independence. With the nation marking the Mahatma’s 150th birth anniversary on October 2, Rinku is one of the countless footsoldiers on the ground of Swachh Bharat, the flagship initiative launched four years ago to turn Gandhi’s vision of cleanliness into reality. For the 42-year-old, who is employed by a private contractor on behalf of the West Bengal Public Works Department, this choice was an act of love — for her husband. “When I got married, my husband was the only staffer at Hyderi Manzil. He would look after everything, from the garden to the cleaning to guarding the property. Seeing him sweep broke my heart, so I offered to do it in his place,’’ says Rinku. HyderiManzilisnowGandhi Bhavan, and Rinku’s eight-hour work, which starts at 10 am, includes dusting the exhibit cases, sweeping and mopping the eight rooms and the large hall in the building, sweeping the front yard of the complex and tending to the garden once a week. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 HYDERI MANZIL On August 15, 1947, Mahatma Gandhi was in Kolkata, having left Delhi in the wake of the violence that preceded Partition, to travel in riot-hit eastern India. He moved to Hyderi Manzil in Beliaghata, which had witnessed largescale violence, on August 12 at the request of H S Suhrawardy, the then Bengal premier. When his attempts to bring peace failed, Gandhi embarked on an indefinite hunger strike on September 1. After 73 hours, on September 4, the rioters, Mahatma Gandhi at Hyderi Manzil both Hindus and Muslims, surrendered their arms before the Mahatma. Days later, Gandhi set out for Delhi. SUKRITA BARUAH & AMIT SHARMA NOIDA, MEERUT, SEPT 25 A POLICE team sent to rescue a woman and her Muslim friend from a mob that included members of the VHP turned attackers in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. A purported video of the woman being escorted away in a car shows police hitting the woman and taunting her for being with a Muslim man. The video was shot by a policeman driving the car and shows a woman, her face covered with a scarf, sitting in the rear, next to a woman constable and another policeman. A male voice is heard using a derogatoryreferencetoMuslims and“Sharam nahi aati (Don’tyou feel ashamed)” when the woman constable slaps her on the head repeatedly. The police team was sent to Videograbof apolicewoman assaultingthewoman;three policepersonnelsuspended rescue the girl after members of vigilante groups “raided” the man’s rented apartment on September 23. After the video of the incident went viral on social media, the Uttar Pradesh Police CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR FOR KHEL RATNA CHANU, MOTHER’S DAY OUT, HER FIRST OUTSIDE MANIPUR MIHIR VASAVDA NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 25 TOMBI CHANU drapes a shawl to face the breeze on a damp, overcast afternoon. It’s the first time the 55-year-old has travelledoutsideManipur—andshe couldn’thavechosenabetteroccasion to mark her long journey from Nongpok Kakching village, 20 km out of Imphal, to the nation’s capital. On Tuesday, Tombi’s daughter, Mirabai, India’s only current world champion, was conferred withtheRajivGandhiKhelRatna award at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Cricket star Virat Kohli was the otherrecipient,withthegovernmentdecidingtomakearareexception to its rule of awarding just one Khel Ratna in its annual ceremony. “About a year ago, I was quite anonymous in my own village,” says Tombi, who owns a small grocery shop. But now, things havechanged.“WhenIgoformy morningwalks,orforwork,people point at me and say, ‘There goes Mirabai’s mom’,” she says with a smile, clutching her daughter’s hand. At the Delhi hotel — and later at Rashtrapati Bhawan — Tombi beams as strangers walk over to shake the hands of the woman behind India’s champion woman weightlifter. A couple of hours before the ceremony, Mirabai and Tombi were sauntering around the hotel lawns, preparing a ‘to-do’ list. Mirabai wants to take her mother to “as many places as possible” in the one day she has in Delhi. But Tombi has only one item on her wish list. “I want to see what people in Delhi shop for — and how they shop,” she says. Then Mirabai chips in. “Shopping toh hota rahega (Shoppingcanhappenanytime). But I want to show her the old city, the old houses and India Gate. Despite making so many visits to Delhi, I haven’t seen India Gate myself,” she says. On Monday, Mirabai had caught a glimpse of the monument while travelling to Rashtrapati Bhawan for the awards rehearsal. But then, she went through a “nerve-wracking” experience. “Wait for them to call your name, walk to the President, greet him with folded Khel Ratna awardee Mirabai Chanu with her mother Tombi Chanu in New Delhi on Tuesday. Abhinav Saha hands, wait for them to announce your achievement and finally,poseforaphoto,”Mirabai kept telling herself. “I just wanted to make sure that I didn’t make a mistake,” she says. These have been a good few weeks for Mirabai, after a gloomy and uncertain four months. After demolishing the field in the 48-kg class to win gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April, shesuffereda“mysterious”back injury.“Itwasdreadful,”shesays. “I couldn’t even bend to tie my shoe-laces. The pain was unbearable.” She consulted multiple specialistsinMumbaiandDelhi,but no one could figure out the reason.Allof themhadthesameadvice, though — stay away from weights. Soon, paranoia gripped Mirabai,whofearedthiswasthe “end of her career”. As if the physical pain wasn’t enough, the injury began to crush her psychologically, too. Lifting was second nature for Mirabai, her mother says. As a child, she would lift bundles of firewood from a nearby hill and carryithome.“Itwasverytough, especially when the rest of the team left for the Asian Games while I was in rehab at the National Institute of Sport in Patiala. It was very depressing,” says Mirabai. Tombi says she spoke to her daughter "every day". "I could sense the pain she was feeling. ShewasaloneinPatialaandvery sad, so I told her to come home," she says. Mirabai sought permission from her coach, Vijay Sharma, who refused her request at first but eventually relented. "I per- sisted. He understood my mental state and gave me a five-day break, which really helped me because I could take my mind of all this completely," she says. On Tuesday, Sharma received the Dronacharya Award for training Mirabai. As the injury began to heal gradually, Mirabai began to lift weights again. "It's frustrating that I still don't know the exact reason for my injury but I am gladthatIstartedtoliftagainlast week. It's only 30-40kg, but it's still better than not doing anything," she says. On Wednesday, Mirabai will return to Patiala where she will resume the rehab programme. Tombi, meanwhile, will take the long flight back home. Life, for her, isn't anonymous anymore.
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